Subsidy to be given for fodder transported over 100km to north west
The Minister for Agriculture has announced details of the transport subsidy for fodder being hauled to the north west.
Minister Michael Creed said the transport subsidy would apply to fodder hauled over 100km to the stricken north west.
He said he did not want to interfere in the active local fodder market in the north west, but said that studies been carried out by Teagasc showed that there were "specific localised pockets" where there are fodder shortages.
He said the subsidy will range from €8 to €12 depending on the type of fodder. In order to be eligible for support under this measure a farmer must demonstrate a significant shortfall of fodder on the holding, as verified by a recognised Agricultural Advisor and only the shortfall in fodder will be eligible to receive support under the transport measure.
Full details on the operation of the measure, including application forms and Department contact details will be issued by the Department shortly.
In recent days a number of farming organisations have worked to transport bales from around the country to areas affected by fodder shortages.
At the IFA AGM in Bluebell, in response to a direct question from the IFA Connacht Regional Chairman Padraic Joyce at the IFA Annual General Meeting in Dublin today, the Minister said he will introduce a subsidy for the transport of fodder to farmers in need.
With parts of the country under water, Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke said rainfall in general over the past week has hit three times the normal level in the worst impacted areas. Hardest hit were north Munster, parts of the midlands and east Connacht suffered the worst.